He is one of the most talented baseball players in the world – if not the best – yet he is a humble person that respects the elite talent around him.
“Mike Trout said that Shohei Ohtani told him that he believes he’s not the best player on Japan’s WBC team. Much like Trout, I also don’t believe this is possible,” Angels insider Sam Blum tweeted.
Mike Trout said that Shohei Ohtani told him that he believes he's not the best player on Japan's WBC team.
Much like Trout, I also don't believe this is possible.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) January 20, 2023
That tells us Ohtani is a simple, humble man who doesn’t think of himself as a God-like entity just for being very good at baseball.
However, it should also tell every country taking part in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) that Japan may be sending their best roster ever to the tournament.
Coming from a team that already won two editions, it’s very impressive.
That’s not all: many of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) stars will be on the roster, too.
NPB is the second-best baseball league on the planet, so they have lots of marquee players.
Japan is, evidently, stacked.
Everybody talks about Team USA and the Dominican Republic being the favorites to lift the trophy when it’s all said and done, but Japan belongs in the same tier.
Those who don’t recognize it will probably be in for a rude awakening.